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A Mage in the Making (The Chronicles of Grimm Dragonblaster #1)

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At the age of seven, Grimm Afelnor is sent from his grandfather's forge to learn the craft of magic at Arnor House of the Ancient and Honourable Guild of Magic-users, Sorcerers and Thaumaturges.
He soon learns that his beloved grandfather, Loras Afelnor, is not the simple blacksmith he appears. Once a powerful Mage Questor of the Seventh Rank, Loras fell into disgrace and w
Published (first published 2007)
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Jan 10, 2010 Melanti rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, 2010
I think this book could use a lot of professional editing.

Grimm was not a well-balanced character. He's almost super-humanly good at practically everything academic and only struggled in less important things like penmanship, dancing and painting.

There were a lot of info-dumps - many of them on the exact details of how the magic system works. In my mind, that's something that the author should definitely know but the reader doesn't need to read pages and pages of that information unless it's so
Oct 26, 2011 Michael rated it it was ok
Cliche characters, weak storytelling and poor dialog.

A Mage in the Making reads more like a very young adult book or maybe the first draft of a high-school author. The way characters think and act is cliche and if you can read passages from the seven year old protagonist such as, [cue the horribly fake English accent] "I am ever so hungry, Sir Doorkeeper, but you couldn't take Granfer's letter to the Chief Wizard now, could you?" without wanting to rip the book to shreds then you are a less pick
Apr 08, 2015 pdarnold rated it really liked it
An enjoyable coming of age... for a mage. The lowly are lifted, evil is resisted, kindness outshines the attempts of bullies to belittle and degrade. Although the book doesn't have an official ending, it finishes off nicely leaving it open to continuation within another story. For some this might be a turn off. This isn't a deep thought provoking tale, but it is a fun escape with heart. Geared toward the younger teen and to be read with that in mind.
Jul 01, 2012 Patricia rated it did not like it
To be fair, I have not read the book, I only started it and stopped after the first few chapters. But when in chapter three there is still not one female character even mentioned that isn't evil to the core, I think a girl is excused from continuing to read this and pick up a more gender-friendly book.
Dec 22, 2010 Jeff rated it really liked it
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Another surprisingly good indie read. Full review: http://fantasybookreviewer.blogspot.c...
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